About Us


GPS postgraduate students in the quad

The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology was formed in 2003, and brought together three formerly separate Departments. Each of these Departments had a long history of teaching and research, with Geography having been taught at Newcastle University (though until the 1960s it was as part of the University of Durham) since 1927. Politics has been taught at Newcastle for over 50 years, and Sociology (or Social Policy) for almost 40 years.

Our teaching programmes encompass single and joint honours undergraduate degree programmes, a suite of taught Masters programmes, and postgraduate research programmes.


The School’s research is world-renowned and internationally-oriented, and builds on the strengths of its constituent disciplines of geography (both human and physical), political science and sociology. Much of our research is inter-disciplinary, and engages in a variety of ways with public policy concerns and debates.

Research Centres

Two leading research centres are owned by the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology:

The School also co-owns the Centre for Latin and American studies with the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, and the School of Modern Languages.


The Head of School, Professor William Maloney, is a political scientist. Each of the subject areas has a Deputy Head of School. These are:

The School has Directors for each of its three main activities:

The School’s main teaching and research missions are supported by a dedicated team of support staff, led by a School Manager, Nicola Kelly.


The hub of the School is found on the 5th floor of Claremont Tower, where the School’s office is located, and the offices of the Head of School, School Manager and other administrative staff.

Geography is based in the adjoining Daysh Building (named after the University’s first Professor of Geography, Sir Henry Daysh), Sociology is based in the adjoining 5th floor of the Claremont Bridge Building, and Politics is based in its own building next to the Robinson Library.